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Royal Wootton Bassett
Town Council

We honour those who serve

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council

We honour those who serve

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t: 01793 850222

e: enquiries@royalwoottonbassett.gov.uk

D-Day 80th Anniversary Evening

We would like to thank everyone who joined us on Thursday 6th June 2024 at Royal Wootton Bassett Rugby Club at our D-Day 80 commemorative community event in lighting the beacon marking the ‘light of peace’.

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council would like to thank all of those involved in putting together this event including David Hathaway Transport LTD and members of the RBL. Special thanks to RWBRFC for the use of their venue, their help and support.

Below are some photos taken on the night, kindly provided by Nigel Walkley from RWB Camera Club.

 

High Street Flags

Photo of Saint George's Flag flying on the flagpoleBack in 2021, the Town Council received several requests from residents that we should fly the Ukraine flag in support of the innocent people of that country, following the attacks from Russia. And the flag has been flown since, alongside our town flag, only being removed for events such as the King’s birthday, ArmedForces Day, the month of Pride, and recently the D-Day 80 Commemorative Flag.

At the Full Council meeting on Thursday 23rd May 2024, a motion was proposed by Cllr Steve Bucknell and unanimously supported by the Town Council to amend the existing flag schedule, and fly the nationalflag of England, the St George’s Cross, as our default flag in the High Street. Other flags may be flown at certain times of the year.

This is no way diminishes our support for the Ukraine, as we all know these attacks continue, and the thoughts and prayers for those innocent people in the Ukraine have continued from the people of Royal Wootton Bassett ever since. The council also agreed to make a meaningful statement by flying the Ukraine flag on the anniversary of the current conflict, 24th February.

We hope that residents and visitors of Royal Wootton Bassett will be proud to see our national flag flying inour High Street from the start of July, a flag to include all of society, and to represent what England represents for many people: tolerance and diversity.

 

Notice of Council Meetings – Thursday 13th June 2024

Please see notice below:

Residents can view Agendas and Supporting Documents for the meetings to be found here.

 

Notice of Council Meetings on Thursday 13th June

D-Day 80 Proclamation

The #DDay80 commemorations began at 8am this morning with our Town Crier, Owen Collier’s proclamation cry paying tribute to those who fought for our freedom on this day, 8o years ago. The Mayor then read out a poem composed by Owen, followed by wreaths laid from the Deputy Lieutenant Angus MacPherson, Mayor Councillor Pat Farrow, Deputy Mayor Martin Denz & Deputy Mayoress Kate Denz, Town Clerk Mark Hopkins and a Royal British Legion member, photos below.

BBC Sound sWiltshire radio attended to broadcast live. You can listen to this programme online: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_wiltshire
Thank you to all you joined us this morning as we begin marking this anniversary day.

D-Day 80 Proclamation

At 8am tomorrow, Thursday 6th June 2024, everyone is welcome to join the Mayor Councillor Pat Farrow, Deputy Mayor Martin Denz, Deputy Lieutenant Angus McPherson, Town Crier Owen Collier, Reverend Katey Minshall, RBL members Gary Kendall & Harry Willamson by our War Memorial on the High Street to hear the D-Day 80 Proclamation cry by our Town Crier, that pays tribute all those who took part in the D-Day Landings 8o years ago, to secure our peace and freedom we enjoy today.

The D-D flag will be lowered and raised and wreaths laid in honour of the day and the Mayor will read out a poem composed by our Town Crier.

For those who can’t join us on the day, you can hear our Mayor and Town Crier being interviewed by BBC Radio Wiltshire at around 8.05am, so please tune in.

D-Day 80 proclamation cry

Notice of Councillor Vacancy – South & West Ward

Please see Notice of Vacancy in Office of Councillor for the South & West Ward:

Notice of Councillor Vacancy for South and South West Ward

Town Hall Refurbishment Works

An inspection on the Town Hall was carried out and at a meeting on Thursday 8th February 2024, the Town Hall Trust Trustees approved the renovation project. The essential works include repairs to the roof, external frame and walling, doors, windows, joinery and electrical work.

Restoration works are being carried out on the iconic listed building to ensure it is preserved for future generations to enjoy.

The project commenced on Monday 20th May 2024 and is expected to take approximately 16 weeks. For the work to be carried out safely and efficiently, scaffolding has been erected.

Our Wednesday Market has been moved to Borough Fields Car Park, starting from Wednesday 29th May 2024 of the renovation period, due to the area needing to be used by the contractor. The Town Hall Museum is also presently closed whilst the works to the building are carried out.

We will keep residents informed throughout the restoration via social media and we apologies for any disruption this may cause. It is essential that this work is carried out on our Town Hall and we appreciate everyones co-operation during this time.

If residents have any concerns in relation to the planned works then please contact us.

Photo of Town Hall renovation works

Floral Displays

Grounds team were out yesterday installing beautiful floral hanging baskets along the High Street as well as our carpet bedding opposite BP/M&S garage. This year’s design commemorates the 8oth Anniversary of D-Day landings. The town can attend our anniversary event on 6th June 2024 at RWB Rugby Football Club.

 

 

Council Meetings – Thursday 23rd May 2024

Please see notice below:

Residents can view Agendas and Supporting Documents for the meetings to be found here.

 

Council Meetings notice for Thursday 23rd May 2024

Wiltshire Bat Group walk at Jubilee Lake

Photo of common pipistrelle batOn Saturday 11th May 2024 the Wiltshire Bat Group led a bat walk around Jubilee Lake with around 20 people turning up for the evening. The Wiltshire Bat Group has produced guidance on a number of self guided bat walks in the County and Jubilee Lake was accepted as one of them [if interested in taking the walk yourself then please visit their website for more information].

The Wiltshire Mammal Recorder has provided a list of species detected during the walk; of the 16 bat species in the UK at least half of them can be located at the lake.

The list as recorded on Saturday:

Common pipistrelle: Multiple individuals foraging along stream, woodland and around the lake.

Soprano pipistrelle: Multiple individuals foraging along stream, woodland and especially around the lake.

Plecotus sp.: (long eared bats – Brown long-eared has been recorded at the lake before) 2 passes foraging along stream and around the lake.

Noctule bat: 1-2 individual actively foraging over/around the lake.

Serotine: 1-2 individual actively foraging over/around the lake.

Natter’s bat: 2-3 passes of foraging individual along the lake margins.

Whiskered/Brandt’s bat: Multiple passes foraging along stream, woodland and around the lake.

Daubenton’s bat: Multiple individual foraging along stream and around the lake.

 

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